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Frank Mir: “I don’t think it’s any secret – (Dos Santos) has no chance of winning the fight if it goes to the ground.”

UFC heavyweight Frank Mir has a lot of respect for the stand-up skills of divisional champion Junior dos Santos. However, when it comes to the Brazilian’s ground-game it’s a different story altogether.

While “Cigano” is primarily known for his boxing, a good portion of the success in Mir’s career has been the result of his BJJ-based arsenal including nine submissions in sixteen total wins. Perhaps most notably in the group of competitors he’s finished is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a legendary fighter with too many tap-outs to his credit to count who also happens to be one of Dos Santos’ grappling coaches. The success against Nogueira is yet another factor adding to Mir’s confidence when it comes to his May 26 match-up with Dos Santos.

“I don’t think it’s any secret – he has no chance of winning the fight if it goes to the ground,” said Mir of Dos Santos in an interview with Inside MMA. “The only time that I’ve ever seen him take a shot is if he’s pretty handily winning the fight and I think he just does it just for maybe a change of pace, to throw something out there. But as far as when you see people engage him, he’s a throw-punches-and-run kind of guy. He doesn’t wanna sit there and get grabbed and taken down and he’s not gonna fight that battle. If he was capable of doing it, we probably would’ve seen it already.”

“Fact is, he avoids (the ground) like it’s poison,” concluded Mir.

Considering the only blemish on Dos Santos’ record came as the result of an Armbar it seems Mir could be on to something though the stoppage occurred nearly five years ago.

Mir-Dos Santos will face off in headlining action at UFC 146. The first episode of a UFC Primetime series documenting the build up to their bout airs tonight at 11:00 PM EST on FX, possibly giving viewers a glimpse of exactly how concerned Dos Santos is regarding Mir’s submission-oriented attack.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    Frank is feeling pretty spiffy coming off the brutal armbar victory last time out against Nog, and now with another title shot falling into his lap. But I just don’t expect this to be a very competitive fight. I think Mir is on a run of very good fortune (“damn lucky” would be another way to put it)…

    Prior to the armbar, Nog had Mir in all kinds of trouble and, IMO, had him all but finished if he’d simply kept raining down punches. But Nog didn’t, which allowed the ensuing scramble on the mat to happen, and Frank capitilized by latching onto the arm.

    Prior to that fight, Mir picked up a decision against Roy Nelson who based on various reports was dealing with walking pneumonia leading up to the fight. Roy is usually a game figther who surprises people who otherwise wouldn’t know it based on his physical appearance, but on that night his performance/conditioning matched his physique.

    Before that Mir picked up a victory over Cro Crop, in what was a very slow bout until Frank eventually caught the Croat with a late knee, bringing an end to one of the worst MMA fights of the year. There were reports of Cro Cop suffering an eye injury the week before the fight, and then a post-fight mention of a herniated disc, but regardless of all that Cro Cop being thoroughly washed up took precedence according to this scribe.

    Before that fight, Mir got smashed by Carwin.

    Before that he beat Kongo, which was honestly one of the more impressive victories of Frank’s career from my viewpoint. He rocked him with a punch and then finished with a choke. Very good performance over a solid gatekeeper type fighter.

    Before that Mir got smashed by Brock.

    Before that Mir beat Nog when he was coming off the staph infection and looked like hell, with no movement on his feet, as he made Mir look like Manny Pacquiao snapping off punches.

    So anyway, I’ll stop there, but this latest Mir run has been mostly a mirage thru my lens. JDS will batter him with punches en route to victory, in what will be the 3rd consecutive one-sided defeat for Frank in his last 3 title bouts. And hopefully the last.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Mir has came.into a couple fights a lil sluggish in the past he better be cardio’in it up for jds. I would like mir to win but he gets a lil cocky sometimes and jds dont go to the ground because he doesnt need to.i got jds by ko rnd 1.

  • Rece Rock says:

    This is standard Mir I’m going to get inside this guys head preflight banter….

    Mir by sub Rd.2…. Why? Well why not.

    I like Cigano but Mir being champ is so ridiculous its awesome….

  • jasonah says:

    Is it Frank trying to get in junior’s head, or is it Frank Trying to make Himself think he stands a Chance in this one? he needs to worry about Being able to hang in there long Enough to try to get It to the ground. How often does Junior Get taken down? yeah that’s what I thought! Junior by T.K.O Rnd 1.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    Mir is def a top HW but I see JDS finishing what Nog started…

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Mir is doing his part to sell the fight. He has points but, his bold “he has no chance” statement is good copy for the 24 hour news cycle, and he knows it.

    If he doesn’t sell the fight, who will? JDS seems like a smart guy just not the type to make big statements proclaiming victory while pointing out opponents weaknesses.

    Mir can do the talking and then JDS can have a rebuttal without coming across as a bad guy, where Mir doesn’t care if people think he is arrogant.

    Whatever sells the fight.

    Would be cool to see Mir win if he doesn’t try to block punches with his face.

  • king mah mah says:

    Mir has done plenty to deserve a title shot. It’s been a long time coming since his accident. Say what you want about his past wins, but they were impressive.

    Mir by pre-meditated murder, rd 1.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I have a dream that If Mir wins… He takes time off & then…

    Mir vs Lesnar the rubber match… 2013 Super Bowl weekend. Bring the Pain!
    1.5 million ppv buys.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Mir is a dead man walking. Blackhouse takes repping their gym seriously. Nog made a mistake and the student will correct it. Trust me


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